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Is Java Certification a must these days?

 
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i am a java/android developer and been thinking if i need to pursue a certification exam just to see if i can pass, but i've met and seen successful people without taking any certifications and a lot of them are way better than the ones who passed the exam, i can say that i'm not yet successful but in a good position even without a certification. I guess this is just something debatable nowadays. Any thoughts on this?
 
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I Have ocjp, and working towards OCE WCD. I find this certs more of a personal achievements and core knowledge builder than a paper for job hunting. Job Experience and this certificates can boost you up the career ladder and expand your confidence for a certain technology.
 
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Certificates are valuable, as that's why they are sought after. However, getting certified is less important than learning the certification contents.
I also planned to give scjp a few years back when I heard about it, but didn't. As I learnt the contents for the certification my knowledge in java was definitely improved. Since then, I also studied other certifications like scwcd, etc for the sole purpose of improving my skills.
I'd say that importance of certification is conditional and can vary between various employers/recruiters.
 
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You didn't say where you are located. From what I've seen, in the US they're OK for setting goals and challenges for yourself, but not worth all that much when it comes to job search time.
 
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I agree, i think it is just for personal achievement these days, but if you're failing and money will be a factor then it is not healthy anymore for some.
 
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